Nigel Lythgoe to Katie Holmes “haters”: “You make me sick”

Katie Holmes “performance” on So You Think You Can Dance was pretty much universally derided, but Nigel Lythgoe is hating on all of us haters, threatening to “ban” people from following him on Twitter who didn’t like the performance he hyped for a month as being amazing.

In his angriest tweet, he wrote, “I’m going to ban all the Katie haters. You make me sick. Your attitude stops ‘stars’ doing charity work. Understand why she did it CHILDREN.” Nigel later called one person “ignorant” for criticizing him.

He also compared her to a celebrity throwing out a pitch: “I’m trying to figure out why Katie is being judged as a dancer. When a star throws out the opening pitch no-one says ‘ooh crap pitcher!'” I’m not sure that’s true, but I’m also sure that no one calls celeb first pitches “very, very special.”

Earlier, Nigel wrote, Why hate on Katie? She’s had no dance training and did this for publicity for the charity. Everyone lip synchs when they’re dancing. MJ too.”

Correct me if I’m wrong, but at least Michael Jackson lip synced while he actually danced, rather than shuffled around in an overproduced number that failed to show the talents of anyone involved.

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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